How to Stain a Concrete Sidewalk

power washing a sidewalk
  • 4-8 hours
  • Beginner
  • 150-40
What You'll Need
Power washer
Mild detergent
Acid or water-based stain
Concrete sealer
Paint roller
Push broom
Wire brush

A concrete sidewalk exists in front of your home, either beside it or as a pathway through a backyard or garden. The sidewalk is often always a dull gray which is not very attractive. A concrete sidewalk can be changed to fit your taste no matter what they may be. A popular way to change the color of the concrete is by staining it. It is not hard to stain concrete but there are some tips and tricks to use for a successful finished project. The information below will explain how to stain a concrete sidewalk along with some tips and tricks for getting a successful finished project.

Step 1 - Clean the Concrete Sidewalk

If you want to stain the concrete sidewalk you need to make sure that the concrete is clean or else the stain will be potted and appear unfinished. For this reason, you need to clean the concrete sidewalk. Use the push broom and begin removing all of the dirt, leaves, and dust debris. Use the wire brush to get inside the grooves of the concrete sidewalk. Mix water with some mild detergent until it is soapy. Saturate a sponge with the water and wipe down the concrete sidewalk. This will help to remove residue from dirt, animals or possible other chemicals that may have spilled. Rinse the concrete sidewalk off with the power washer. Allow the sidewalk to dry before continuing ahead.

Step 2 - Select the Stain

The age of the concrete sidewalk plays a huge part in the type of concrete stain you will use. If the sidewalk is six months or less old then a water-based concrete stain can be used. Otherwise, you will use an acid stain. Concrete stains come in multiple colors but these colors are very limited. You can mix your own custom colors of concrete stain if you would like to have a color that is not available.

Step 3 - Stain the Concrete Sidewalk

Now that the sidewalk is clean, washed off and dry you can stain it. Pour the stain into another container or paint tray if you want an easier way to apply it to the sidewalk. Before pouring the stain to another container or using it straight from the can you need to make sure it is properly and thoroughly mixed. Saturate the paint roller in the stain and apply it to the concrete sidewalk as you would any other paint or stain. Be sure to get all of the crevices and gaps as well. When you are finished painting on the stain cover it with a tarp to protect it from the elements. Use the stakes to keep the tarp in place.

Step 4 - Sealer

When a day has passed remove the tarp covering the sidewalk. If it does not meet your standards, apply the second coat of stain. If the stain looks fine to you then finish with the sealer.